Big guns return to lift Blues
THE return of star players Brian O'Driscoll, Rob Kearney, and Luke Fitzgerald helped Leinster to a four-try, bonus-point success over Edinburgh at Murrayfield.
And the good news for Joe Schmidt is that all three Ireland internationals figured prominently and emerged unscathed.
Ahead of next week's must-win Heineken Cup clash against Scarlets, the European champions are now up to fourth place in the Pro12 League.
"It was great to have them back," admitted a relieved schmidt. "I thought Rob Kearney did very well. He won a couple of balls in the air near the start of the game. But it's his trademark.
"Luke Fitzgerald did a couple of good things as well and Brian managed to last the whole game out of the three of them. That was a brave effort by him, especially as the ground was a little bit heavy. "
But despite the handsome win by his team, Schmidt was not entirely happy with his side's performance.
"To be honest, there were a number of disappointments in our performance in that we had a big possession and territorial advantage particularly in the first half, we had 16 line breaks and scored off only one of them," said the Leinster coach.
"Admittedly, the ground was a bit mucky but we didn't keep things in order very well. However, I thought the tries were well constructed
"We had a couple of frustrations at the scrum. We got penalised a few times there when we had the better of them. In the ruck and the carry, we dominated.
"Our passing was crisp. Edinburgh had some good passes as well but we didn't allow them space. A lot of their good players didn't get good go-forward ball," added Schmidt, who can now properly celebrate the new year.